Tufts Podcast Network: Ian MacLellan, Photojournalist

Ian MacLellan took his first photograph on a backpacking trip in the 6th grade. Back then, he never expected he’d be a professional photographer. But from the time MacLellan interned in Kenya while he was at Tufts, the geology major has been in search of stories to photograph. His work has appeared in Travel &

Sweet Dreams: Gracie’s Brings Homemade Ice Cream Back To Somerville

Aaron Cohen never planned to own an ice cream shop. Less than a year ago, in April 2014, he didn’t. Ben Sherman’s eponymous Union Square restaurant, Sherman Café, sold Toscanini’s ice cream when it opened 11 years ago but hadn’t done so in recent years. And Sherman—who once worked for Toscanini’s—had been wanting to sell

Union In Transition

The walk from McGrath Highway into Union Square highlights the recent and ongoing changes in the area. Before reaching the center, bustling and bright with Christmas lights, you must pass an ominous, boarded-up funeral home and a partially bulldozed parking lot. You’ll also pass, along the way, a series of starkly different storefronts. Run-down convenience

A Day In The Life: Vilorio, a Tufts Janitor

In this series of articles, the Observer investigates the untold stories of community members’ day-to-day lives. As Vilorio approaches West Hall at Tufts University, he grins broadly and waves at a passing student. He maintains this cheerful smile throughout his day. Vilorio, a Tufts janitor, works in West Hall Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m

The Food Industry’s Sprouting Trend

The Dandies line opened up and masses of children clustered around the booth, eagerly holding out their hands for an air-puffed vegan marshmallow. Their parents, mingling over shared plates of tapioca cheese and avocado popsicles, raised their voices over the excited clamor of the 19th annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival (BVFF). “This is the craziest

Was the People’s Climate March An Easy Way Out?

On September 21, 2014, 400,000 concerned environmental justice organizers, students, socialist revolutionaries, families, celebrities, and others flocked to New York City to attend The People’s Climate March, the largest demonstration for climate action in history. Along with over 100 other Tufts students, I was there in support. The date and location of the March were